Comfort Reading

In weather-appropriate links, forget comfort eating: try comfort reading. Why do some books seem comforting? It may be because they take you back to a particular time or place, or perhaps they have that magic carpet capacity, found in the best children’s books, to fly you out of yourself. Sometimes it’s even consoling to read [Read More...]

Getting New Yorkers to Read the Bible

My friend Bethany runs the Park Forum, which is dedicated to helping city-dwellers (particularly New Yorkers) read and listen to the Bible more. And she gave an interview to Christianity Today recently: There’s something about listening to Scripture in community. These letters weren’t meant to be read only in part. People in the time of their [Read More...]

Giving Witness (with the Messiah)

I (like many of you, I’m sure) love Handel’s Messiah, ever since I spent years as a teenager participating in a choir that performed the oratorio every Christmas and Easter. But I thought this piece on the recent performance at Trinity Wall Street (which, incidentally, is two blocks from my office) was interesting: But before the [Read More...]

This Great Hunger

Here’s Bradford Winters on his family’s recent trip to Ireland, and “this great hunger”: For when I came to Ireland entirely well-fed and altogether famished, I came planning that our family sabbatical would double in ways as an individual semi-retreat. I would be working, yes, but far away from the hectic elements of life back [Read More...]


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